Bootstrap Farmer sprung out of my Farm-to-Table Food Truck Model, Veg2Bowl
, in Eastern North Carolina. I grew vegetables and herbs in high tunnel greenhouses, which would go right into the mobile kitchen. Since it's a certified commercial kitchen, I could harvest, prepare, and serve meals to customers all on the same day with little to no waste.
For better or worse, while I was building the farm for Veg2Bowl, I noticed tons of things on my little farm that I wished were better or more efficient. After months of research, I had figured out the most efficient way to build a high tunnel greenhouse because knowing I had to build it myself with savings from living with mom and dad. I was not going to waste a dime. Then while running the farm, I had the tiny idea of making seed trays so durable that they'd stop breaking on me.
Maybe it was because I had already quit my previous job and left everything behind. Was I feeling adventurous? I still don't know, but what I did know is that I could provide value to people. From there, there was no turning back. The idea to create an ultra-durable seed tray and a better high-tunnel greenhouse kit was the germination of Bootstrap Farmer, which has now grown into something I could have never imagined.